Despite the reports last week that Randy Orton would win the Royal Rumble match…from outta nowhere…I didn’t take Dave Meltzer’s advice. Instead I put my money on a hot tip I got from The Bulgarian George Clooney Rusev, when he leaked the Royal Rumble result on Twitter on the day of the show.
“Wow this guy was right. I just got the script. I can share only top part. Winner Rusev.”
I should’ve seen through the tip right away. Wrestling matches don’t have scripts. That would mean it’s predetermined.
The reported plan (via the Wrestling Observer) behind Orton winning the Rumble is for Bray Wyatt to capture the WWE Title in the Elimination Chamber, setting up a Wrestlemania match between the two Family members. Personally, I think that’s a great idea. The Viper in the Family has been my favourite long-running storyline in WWE – mainly because it actually progresses from week-to-week *cough* Triple H Seth Rollins *cough* – and the Luke Harper spot in the Rumble match was spine-tingling. So everyone who’s worried about John Cena vs Randy Orton at a Wrestlemania in 2017, you can hopefully put your fears aside.
Cena beat AJ Styles to tie Ric Flair’s fictional record of 16 world title reigns in a WWE Match of the Year candidate last night, keeping AJ looking strong even in defeat. What didn’t make AJ look strong, though, was him being placed in the back row for the official Royal Rumble poster. It angered many fans critical of WWE’s over-reliance on part-timers during Wrestlemania season. Styles spoke about this to Sporting News before losing his belt at the Royal Rumble, saying that while he understands recognisable long-time stars in the marquee matches should be prominently featured, “I’m not happy with it. I think that the WWE Champion should be definitely up front…”
The Royal Rumble wasn’t the only WWE event over the weekend. The previous night had NXT TakeOver: San Antonio, which featured two huge title changes – DIY losing their Tag Team belts to the Authors of Pain, and Bobby Roode defeating Shinsuke Nakamura to become the new NXT Champion. With Asuka retaining her NXT Women’s title, that means all three champions in NXT are undefeated right now.
JBL certainly seemed to enjoy himself that night. When sharing an image of The Authors of Pain making their way down to the ring, enjoying the show on the WWE Network on his laptop, MrWWFederation on Twitter pointed out he forgot to close a tab with the search query ‘Katka Kyptova nude’.
In last week’s pre-NXT TakeOver conference call, Triple H said he’s “not happy” with where the developmental promotion is right now, after the brand split raided NXT’s top stars. Corey Graves explained in an interview with Forbes that Triple H probably just made “a poor choice of words,” saying his disappointment more comes from wishing NXT didn’t lose several of its big names.
Graves then showed what a good state NXT is in…by announcing he’s leaving NXT.
Now he’s calling both Raw and 205 Live, it was only a matter of time before he had to leave NXT behind. But it’s not all bad, because his replacement is Nigel McGuinness, an excellent commentator who must’ve impressed WWE officials with his performance calling the UK Championship tournament earlier this month.
Despite being this year’s iron maaaaaan in the Royal Rumble match, lasting the longest at just over an hour, Chris Jericho has revealed to the Metro UK he’s leaving WWE in May. This has been long-rumoured, because of Jericho’s band Fozzy have several dates booked following Wrestlemania.
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